Whether you are starting from scratch or you are classed as an expert, understanding the next step when it comes to music production is essential. When you see images of other professionals online or in person, you will compare your own thoughts and studio to theirs, especially if you are viewing the studio of a music producer who has become successful in the industry. Today, we will be taking a look at some of the best tools out there for music producers, to help get you where you want to be.
The majority of studios today are digital, so you should invest in the best computer you can afford. This will be the backbone of your production setup. You will need to decide whether you work better with a Mac or a PC. An Apple iMac is the most popular amongst producers, as they look slick and have all the necessities required for music production. You could also look into building a production computer from scratch, but you would need to have the skills and motivation to do this.
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
There are many digital audio workstations out there, but Logic Pro is an overall safe and secure choice for most music producers. This is only assuming that you go with the Apple iMac mentioned previously. If you decide to go with a PC, then you should check out Fruity Loops Studio for your DAW. You should always choose wisely when it comes to software to make and record music. There is software out there that is cheap and gets the job done but consider it a long-term investment.
For a quality pair of studio headphones, you should look at purchasing a pair of ATH-M50x’s by Audio Technica. This is the best choice for price, quality, and comfort. The headphones are great for both in and out of the studio. They are collapsible, foldable, extremely comfortable, have amazing sound quality and interchangeable cables. Audio Technica offers a huge range of gear that you should get familiar with if you are going into producing.
When it comes to picking the best audio interface, the brand Focusrite is the one to go for. There are some fantastic audio interfaces out there, but for a reasonable price and great quality product, you should look at the Scarlett series by Focusrite. Reviews state the product lasts longer and is exceptionally stable. If you have the money, then you can purchase a much more expensive product, but people who are starting out and need to get the essentials together should definitely consider this option.
You must have your own methods of making music to become a successful music producer. Having access to a Midi Keyboard, such as the Akai MPK249, is considered to be as important as having access to a computer. There is other electronic equipment you should consider, such as an electronic drum-kit. You should consider a portable option and look into the materials, sound quality, size, features and the price to ensure you purchase a great product for a good price.
Studio Monitor Speakers and Microphone
Finding high-quality sound speakers alongside a recording microphone is essential to record and produce great music. For studio monitor speakers, you should look at purchasing the KRK RP6G3-NA, due to the fantastic user reviews. Quality should never be sacrificed when it comes to a microphone, so make sure you choose something relatively pricey, such as the Rod NTK. This is one of the best microphones out there, but if you need a cheaper option, then look at the Rode-NT1-A microphone.
Purchasing the right products for your studio is essential for quality and productivity. Ensuring your studio stands out will make it a preferred choice amongst artists and the best way to do this is by offering a high-quality and reliable service.